All products derived from tobacco leaves are considered as tobacco products in South Korea.

Oral tobacco products and nicotine pouches may be placed under even stricter control in South Korea before 2024, when the next parliamentary elections are due. There are currently more than 20 bills before Parliament tackling tobacco as a broad category and while some are more or less similar, they all seek to further restrict the industry and to impose additional product requirements.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of all current and possible future regulation for oral tobacco products and nicotine pouches in South Korea, covering all policy areas.

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Sergi Riudalbas

Legal analyst
Sergi holds a Master’s degree in European Union Law from the University of Amsterdam, where he also participated in the Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic. He graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona in 2019. He worked as a legal research intern at Global Human Rights Defence, an NGO that monitors human rights violations worldwide. He also engaged in a traineeship program in an Egyptian law firm in 2019, arranged by AIESEC.

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